El Taburete Metafísico Sin Patas, the only radio show offered by an European government as a compensation to taxpayers affiliated to Dada and Situationism, presents yet another conceptual re-interpretation of a Spanish election debate, focused this time on the vote to be held in Andalusia on 2nd December 2018.
In order to provide some background to the casual reader, we shall point out that recent Spanish politics revolves around the desires and expectations of voters from the richest parts of the country, particularly Madrid and Catalonia; Andalusian politics is generally seen as peripheral and irrelevant, despite the fact that economic and social issues are much more urgent there than in the North. However, the current Spanish election cycle begins in Andalusia, which prompts politicians running for nationwide offices to start their campaigns there, showcasing ludicrously hypocritical displays of interest and affection for the hardship-stricken folks of the forgotten South.
As a result of complex historical developments, the dominant force in the Andalusian political landscape has been the PSOE, a centre-left party with more than a passing resemblance to the German SPD; as for the opposition, there we find two or three aggressive rightwing parties whose political programme is built around the idea of praising the rich for being rich and blaming the poor for being poor. Additionally, there have always been one or two communist-leaning parties without enough infrastructure or funding to be real leadership contenders, although they do maintain a faithful voter base. This political scene is actually not that offbeat in an international context, but the regional government has very little to offer in terms of new ideas and innovative politics; amid the grim prospects haunting the region, the obstinate triumphalism of the Andalusian prime minister seems hopelessly out of place. The last straw is the surge of the far right, cheerfully and irresponsibly promoted by the media to make sure that Spain does not fall out of step with current European trends in true crime and politically motivated terror.
Humour flourishes on bleak landscapes, or so they say. Dadaism (or engendrism, as we call it) is perhaps a feasible way to approach all this absurdity; we can never forget that they are not joking. They mean it. Seriously. They are defending their absurd with the most upright of all faces. Just because it is theirs.
On a technical note, we provide here two versions of the debate: one of them (named "versión original con banda sonora") has the participants showing a laidback attitude to it, while the other one (named "versión adaptada a las exigencias de la radio contemporánea") is some 15 minutes shorter and has been modified to fit the standards of modern community radio. Both of them are almost entirely in Spanish, because the characters involved rarely speak anything else.